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    MESSAGE TO OUR MEMBERS DURING CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
    March 24, 2020

    RETIRED MEMBERS: We want to reassure you that pension benefits will continue to be paid on time – you can expect your benefit to be deposited into your account on the last business day of each month. We are still processing health reimbursement requests as usual. However, due to most employees telecommuting at present, your request will likely be processed faster if you can send in the paperwork via email (attached as a PDF) to health@sdcers.org. Alternatively, you may fax your documents to (858) 581-5314, or mail them to our office at 401 West A Street, Ste. 400, San Diego, CA 92101.

    NON-RETIRED MEMBERS: Please be advised SDCERS is currently experiencing a flood of requests for retirement counseling appointments. On top of this, we are having to reschedule many current appointments and prioritize those that are most urgent. If you are thinking about retiring soon, please review the fact sheets and FAQs on our website, which may help answer many of your questions in advance. You can also utilize our Benefit Estimate Calculator by logging in to your Member Portal account. Once you have reviewed all of the pertinent information, if you want to schedule a retirement counseling appointment, you must submit an online retirement application through your Member Portal account by clicking “Online Applications” on the left panel. Keep in mind this electronic application is not final – your submission simply prompts us to contact you to schedule a counseling appointment. Those who have a counseling appointment already scheduled, as well as those who have recently requested an appointment, will be contacted by SDCERS staff sometime in the coming weeks. Please bear with us as we are understaffed and overwhelmed with requests for appointments. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this uncertain and confusing time.
     
    As a reminder to all, our offices are currently closed, so you may not drop off any paperwork in person or meet with SDCERS staff. Additionally, our Call Center is closed, which means no one is available to answer our main line. Instead, please submit all inquiries through our Contact Us page and someone will reach out to you as soon as possible.

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    UPDATE: SDCERS Is Temporarily Closed, March Pension Benefits WILL Be Paid On Time
    March 20, 2020

    ATTENTION (updated as of 3/20/2020): Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, SDCERS continues to remain operational. However, effective today due to the statewide shelter in place order, our offices are closed until further notice. This means that all retirement counseling appointments scheduled over the next week will be rescheduled. Please note that March pension benefits will be paid on time.
     
    You must send any paperwork (such as health reimbursement requests, for example) via email or U.S. mail. For the foreseeable future, you will not be able to drop off any paperwork at the office. Health-related paperwork can be emailed to health@sdcers.org or faxed to 858-581-5314. All documents can be mailed to our offices at 401 West A Street, Suite 400, San Diego, CA 92101. Please note that any paperwork that is faxed or sent via U.S. mail will not be processed until SDCERS' offices reopen. 
     
    The March 23rd DROP Entry Seminar is still expected to be held as an online webinar that can be attended remotely by anyone who has a computer and internet access. Those who are registered for this seminar should have received an email with further details and instructions for attending this online webinar. If you did not receive this email and believe that you should have, please email Communications Manager Jessica Maloney at maloneyj@sdcers.org.
     
    To reiterate, there are no SDCERS staff members working at the office until further notice. This means no one is available to answer the main phone lines. Instead of calling, please use the Contact Us page on our website to submit inquiries electronically.
     
    Please continue to take all precautions to stay healthy and remain at home whenever possible.

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    SDCERS' 2nd Updated Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak
    March 19, 2020

    ATTENTION (updated as of 3/19/2020): Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, SDCERS continues to remain operational. However, effective today, our offices are closed to non-SDCERS staff members. This means that all retirement counseling appointments will either take place over the phone or be postponed until a later date. Those who have upcoming appointments will be contacted by an SDCERS staff member to discuss how you’d like to proceed.
     
    You must send any paperwork (such as health reimbursement requests, for example) via email or U.S. mail. For the foreseeable future, you will not be able to drop off any paperwork at the office. Health-related paperwork can be emailed to health@sdcers.org or faxed to 858-581-5314. All documents can be mailed to our offices at 401 West A Street, Suite 400, San Diego, CA 92101.
     
    Also, for the remainder of March, all scheduled seminars will be held as online webinars that can be accessed remotely. Those who are registered for the March 23rd DROP Entry Seminar should have received an email with further details and instructions for attending this online webinar. If you did not receive this email and believe that you should have, please email Communications Manager Jessica Maloney at maloneyj@sdcers.org.
     
    As always, if you have a retirement-related emergency, please contact our Call Center at (619) 525-3600. Please be advised our Call Center is extremely understaffed for the time being and call waiting times may be longer than usual. For any non-emergencies, please use the Contact Us page on our website to submit inquiries electronically.
     
    Please continue to take all precautions to stay healthy.

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    SDCERS' Updated Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak
    March 17, 2020

    ATTENTION (updated as of 3/17/2020): Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, SDCERS continues to remain operational. However, we will be discontinuing in-office visits. This means that all retirement counseling appointments will either take place over the phone or be postponed until a later date. Those who have upcoming appointments will be contacted by an SDCERS staff member to discuss how you’d like to proceed.
     
    We also ask that you send any paperwork (such as health reimbursement requests, for example) via email. If you do not have access to email, you may mail in your documents or, if absolutely necessary, you can drop the paperwork off at the office. However, no staff members will be available to meet with any visitors to the office in person. Health-related paperwork can be emailed to health@sdcers.org - please attach any documents as PDF's only, as our firewalls will block any emails with non-PDF attachments. If you have other documents to send in, please inquire via the Contact Us page on our website and someone will contact you about where to send your paperwork.  
     
    Also, for the remainder of March, all scheduled seminars will be held as online webinars that can be accessed remotely. Those who are registered for the March 23rd DROP Entry Seminar will be receiving an email with further details and instructions for attending this online webinar.
     
    As always, if you have a retirement-related emergency, please contact our Call Center at (619) 525-3600. Please be advised our Call Center is extremely understaffed for the time being and call times may be longer than usual. For any non-emergencies, please use the Contact Us page on our website to submit inquiries electronically.
     
    Please continue to take all precautions to stay healthy.

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    SDCERS' Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak
    March 16, 2020

    ATTENTION: Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, SDCERS continues to remain open for business. This means that if you have an appointment with one of our retirement counselors, you are under the age of 65, and you are healthy, please come in on your scheduled date and time unless you have been contacted by an SDCERS representative and told otherwise. However, if you are coughing, sneezing, achy, feverish, or having difficulty breathing, please postpone your visit to SDCERS until you are healthy again.

    If you have a retirement-related emergency or if you’d like to reschedule your appointment, please contact our Call Center at (619) 525-3600. You may also reach us through our website's contact us submission form, here. We have a number of staff members out of the office for the foreseeable future, so if you have a non-emergency, please use our online contact us form rather than calling the Call Center in order to keep our call waiting times down at a reasonable level.
     
    Also, for the remainder of March, all scheduled seminars will be turned into webinars that can be accessed remotely as long as you have computer and internet access. Those who are registered for the March 17th and March 23rd seminars will be receiving an email with further details and instructions for attending these webinars.
     
    We at SDCERS consider the health and safety of our staff and members a top priority. We understand the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing surrounding the coronavirus and are committed to being responsive as the situation evolves. In addition to following the guidelines set by the state, county, and city, SDCERS has taken the following steps towards keeping our offices a safe place for staff and members to visit:

    • We have encouraged anyone on our staff who is feeling ill to stay home;

    • We are encouraging members to reschedule their appointments it they are feeling ill;

    • Our building always follows all OSHA guidelines for sterilization and cleanliness;

    • We have taken extra steps to educate our staff on the importance of hand washing and breaking habits like touching our face, nose, and eyes; and

    • We are wiping down keyboards, counters, and office areas frequently throughout the day.

    Please take all precautions to stay healthy!

  • Feature Story

    2019 1099-R Tax Forms
    January 22, 2020

    IRS Form 1099-R’s were mailed on January 13th from our vendor based in Chicago. This means all SDCERS retirees and beneficiaries who received a payment from SDCERS in 2019 should be receiving their 2019 1099-R forms via U.S. mail over the next couple of weeks. To access your 1099-R form sooner, please log in to your Member Portal account, click on “1099R and W2” on the left, and select “2019 1099R” to download an electronic copy. You can also update your tax withholding preferences on your Member Portal by clicking on “Tax Withholding.” This guide explains how to update your tax withholding preferences.
     
    For a detailed explanation of the pertinent information in your 1099-R, as well as answers to frequently asked questions regarding this tax form, please review our 1099-R Fact Sheet. If you have additional questions, please contact the Call Center at (619) 525-3600 or submit your questions electronically via our Contact Us web form.

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    Active Member Death Benefits and the Importance of Keeping Your Beneficiary Designations Updated
    December 11, 2019

    When was the last time you thought about your SDCERS beneficiary designations? Over a year ago? Five years? The day you enrolled in SDCERS? Maybe never? Beneficiary designations may seem like a chore you can put off or do once and forget about, but the truth is you should review your beneficiary designations at least once a year to make sure they reflect your current circumstances. For example, beneficiary designations probably aren’t the first thing on your mind when you get married or divorced, have a child, or lose a loved one, but these are all defining life events that may affect who you want to receive your pension benefits when you die.

    Active Members (meaning those who are actively employed by the City, Port,* or Airport and contributing to SDCERS, but are not in DROP) are eligible to leave one of three types of death benefits if they die before retiring or entering DROP, and the eligibility requirements are very specific for two of the three types. Importantly, if you die without having designated your surviving spouse as your sole pre-retirement death benefit beneficiary, then your surviving spouse will not be eligible to receive the lifetime Death While Eligible or Industrial Death Benefit, even if all other eligibility requirements are satisfied. This article contains a summary of the death benefits provided to Active Members, but please review the Death Benefits Fact Sheet for more in-depth information.

    *General Port employees hired or rehired on or after January 1, 2009 must complete five consecutive years of Port employment after each hire or rehire date before they become Members of SDCERS and are eligible to leave a death benefit.

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    SDCERS Board Approves Annual Supplemental Benefit and Corbett Settlement Increase for 2019
    November 08, 2019

    At its November 8, 2019 meeting, SDCERS’ Board of Administration approved payment of the Annual Supplemental Benefit, also known as the “13th Check,” and the Corbett Settlement Increase (“Corbett benefit”) for eligible retirees and continuance beneficiaries. The Supplemental Benefit is paid in years when the fund’s investment earnings are sufficient to qualify, according to a set formula defined in the plan documents, and the Corbett benefit is paid in years that the Supplemental Benefit is paid. If you are eligible for one or both of these benefits, payment will be included in your November 2019 monthly pension benefit.
     
    The eligibility requirements for the Supplemental Benefit and Corbett settlement benefits are described in our FAQs under “Annual Supplemental Benefit ("13th Check"), Corbett, COLA, COL Annuity.” Here, you will also find a description of how these benefits are calculated.

    Click "Read Moreto view the full article.

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    SDCERS Receives the 2019 Public Pension Standards Award for Funding and Administration
    October 21, 2019

    For the second year in a row, SDCERS has been awarded the Public Pension Standards Award for Funding and Administration. The Public Pension Coordinating Council grants this award, which recognizes SDCERS for meeting professional standards for plan funding and administration as set forth in the Public Pension Standards.​


    Image of SDCERS' 2019 Public Pension Standards Award for Funding and Administration from the Public Pension Coordinating Council


    Click "Read More" for more information about this award.

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    Meet Your SDCERS Call Center Representatives!
    September 27, 2019

    If you’ve ever called SDCERS, odds are you’ve spoken to one of our Call Center representatives. These are the people who spend all day, every day answering Members’ questions and trying to fix their problems. As anyone in customer service will likely tell you, it can sometimes be a thankless job. However, our Call Center representatives are lucky to have kind and patient Members, and our Members are equally lucky to have such passionate and caring people on the other end of the phone.

    At some point, almost all of our Members will talk to someone in the Call Center, so we thought you might like to know a little more about the ladies you’ll be talking to and maybe even put a face to the name of your representative.

    Click "Read More" below to view the full article and see individual bios for each of our Call Center staff members!

    Group photo of Call Center staff - Sarema Valenzuela, Catherine Ayala, Andrea Valdes, Selene Rodriguez, and Victoria Fedalizo.
    From Left to Right: Sarema Valenzuela, Catherine Ayala, Andrea Valdes, Selene Rodriguez, and Victoria Fedalizo.

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    SDCERS' Board Appoints New Vice President and Committee Chairs
    September 13, 2019

    At the September 13th Board meeting, Board President Carol Broad appointed Carina Coleman to the position of Vice President. The appointment was unanimously approved by the remaining members of the Board who were present. The Vice President’s duties include acting as the Board President whenever the Board President is absent or otherwise unable to fulfill their duties, and temporarily assuming the role of Board President until an election can be scheduled in the event the current Board President’s seat becomes vacant. Ms. Coleman was additionally appointed to be the new Chair of the Investment Committee, a seat previously occupied by Board President Carol Broad.

    Charlie Hogquist, Carina Coleman, Carol Broad, and Thanasi Preovolos sitting at their podiums while motion to confirm Carina Coleman as new Vice President is on screen in the background.
    From Left to Right: Charlie Hogquist, Carina Coleman, Carol Broad, and Thanasi Preovolos

    The Audit Committee reappointed Roberta Spoon as its Chair, and the current Chairs of the Business and Governance Committee and Disability Committee will remain the same as well: Thanasi Preovolos and Charles Hogquist, respectively.

    Please join us in congratulating our new Vice President and Committee Chairs! You can watch the September 13th Board meeting by going to Board Meeting Agendas and clicking on “View Media” next to the September 13, 2019 Board of Aministration Meeting line item.

     

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    Annual Member Statements
    August 16, 2019

    Non-retired SDCERS Members will be receiving their Annual Statement of Benefits in the mail over the next several days. This statement contains detailed account information for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, which means the information is current as of July 1, 2019. The purpose of this Annual Statement of Benefits is (1) to ensure that your beneficiary designations are updated, and (2) to keep you informed of the details of your SDCERS retirement account.

    Please review the information on your statement carefully and contact SDCERS if you need to update your information or if you believe there is an error in your statement.

    A video detailing the contents of your statement is available here.

    If you have questions about your Annual Statement of Benefits, please visit your Payroll Specialist or call the SDCERS Call Center at 619-525-3600. And remember, your most up-to-date account information is always available on the SDCERS Member Portal.

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    SDCERS' Board Welcomes Two New Members, and Carina Coleman Reappointed for Second Term
    August 05, 2019

    Last week, the City Council unanimously approved the Mayor’s appointment of two new Board Members: Clifford Schireson and Paul Kaufmann. The City Council also approved the reappointment of veteran Board Member Carina Coleman.

    Carina Coleman and Paul Kaufmann being sworn in as Board Members at the Office of the City Clerk.

    Carina Coleman and Paul Kaufmann being sworn in at the Office of the City Clerk.


    We are thrilled to welcome our new Board Members, and also to have Carina Coleman back for a second term! You can see all three at our next Board meeting on September 13th at 8:30 a.m. in our Board room. If you can’t attend in person, you can tune in to the live broadcast by clicking on “Board Meeting Agendas”, following the link to the online agendas, and clicking on “Live Media” in the Board of Administration line when the meeting starts.

    Please read the full article for more information about these three Board Members.

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    Active City Members: Register for Upcoming Pre-Retirement Seminar!
    July 31, 2019

    UPDATE: THE SEPTEMBER SEMINAR IS NOW FULL. WE WILL ANNOUNCE THE DATES OF FUTURE SEMINARS AS THEY ARE SCHEDULED.

    Attention All Active City Members:
     
    Registration is now open for SDCERS’ upcoming pre-retirement seminar, which will be held on September 11th at 2:30 p.m. in SDCERS’ Board room (401 West A Street, Third Floor, San Diego, CA 92101). At this educational seminar, SDCERS staff will walk you through your retirement benefits and help you plan for the future.

    No matter how old you are, it’s never too early or too late to start thinking about your retirement goals and making plans so that you can meet those goals. Space is limited, so please call SDCERS as soon as possible to register, at (619) 525-3600.  Additional pre-retirement seminars and DROP entry seminars will be held in the future, so if you miss this one, you can plan to attend next time.
     
    NOTE: You must attend a pre-retirement seminar before attending a Deferred Retirement Option Plan (“DROP”) entry seminar.

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    New SDCERS Board President
    July 12, 2019

    After former Board President Val Hoy maxed out his term limit, the Board established a Nomination Committee at its May meeting to nominate a fellow Board Member for the vacant position. Today, the Nomination Committee unanimously recommended Carol Broad be elected as the new Board President, and the Board unanimously approved this recommendation. 

    Photo of Board Members Charlie Hogquist, Thanasi Preovolos.

    Carol has served as the Board’s Vice President since July 13, 2018 and she has acted as the interim Board President since Val Hoy vacated the office. Carol is also the Chair of the Investment Committee and has over 30 years of experience in the financial industry, particularly in providing investment advice to major public and corporate pension funds. For more information about Carol’s professional background.

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    Important Reciprocity Update
    June 24, 2019

    SDCERS administers the pension plans for three plan sponsors - the City of San Diego, the San Diego Unified Port District, and the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. Your ability to establish reciprocity depends on which plan sponsor you intend to work for, so please review this information carefully. If you are currently working at a California government agency that participates in reciprocity, and you are considering employment with the Port or Airport, you can apply to establish reciprocity. If you are currently working at a California government agency that participates in reciprocity, and you are considering employment with the City of San Diego, please note that only sworn police officers may join the City of San Diego’s pension plan. The City’s pension plan was closed on July 20, 2012, following the passage of City Proposition B, to all new hires except sworn police officers.

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    SDCERS Recognizes Outgoing Board Trustees
    June 17, 2019

    Serving as an SDCERS Trustee requires expertise, attention and time – with no compensation – and a commitment to delivering accurate and timely benefits to participants and ensure the trust fund’s safety, integrity and growth. Having accomplished this, three SDCERS Board Trustees were recently honored for their service.Board President and Mayoral Appointee Valentine S. Hoy, Mayoral Appointee William W. Haynor and Active Police Safety Trustee Thomas A. Sullivan, who each served two four-year terms, were recognized at the March 10, 2019 Board meeting, and at a send-off event in April. The new Board President will be selected at the July Board meeting. We are excited to welcome Sgt. Louis Maggi as our newly elected Active Police Safety Trustee seat. SDCERS is governed by a 13-member Board of Administration, responsible for the prudent administration of retirement benefits for City of San Diego, San Diego Unified Port District and San Diego County Regional Airport employees, and for overseeing the investment portfolio of the retirement system’s trust fund.

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    Fiscal Year 2020 COLA & City Retiree Health Open Enrollment Help Day
    June 05, 2019

    At its May 10, 2019 meeting, the Board approved two Cost of Living Adjustments (“COLA”) that will be applied to eligible retirees’ monthly benefit from July 2019 – June 2020. Members whose retirement date is before July 1, 2018 will receive a COLA increase of 2.0%. Members whose retirement date is between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 will receive a COLA increase of 1.9%.  Also, 2019-2020 Health Open Enrollment for eligible City Retirees will run from June 3 – 28, 2019. This year’s Health Open Enrollment Help Day is Friday, June 14 at the Balboa Park Club Ballroom. There will be no formal presentations, but SDCERS staff and representatives from sponsored health plans will be available to answer questions from 10:00 a.m. – noon. You may also submit your enrollment forms directly to SDCERS staff at this event. Click here for more information

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    City Retiree Health Open Enrollment Kickoff
    May 23, 2019

    2019-2020 Health Open Enrollment for eligible City Retirees will run from June 3 – 28, 2019. The Health Open Enrollment Kickoff is this Friday, May 24 at the Balboa Park Club Ballroom. The event will feature formal presentations by Kaiser, Cigna, SCAN Health Plan, and Sharp from 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., and retirees will be able to talk to the providers and ask questions until noon. Click here for more information

  • Feature Story

    Fact Check Your Future
    April 02, 2019

    SDCERS administers benefits for more than 20 plan tiers, and you can learn more about YOUR plan by reading the Retirement Plan Summary that corresponds to your employer and hire date. Understand how your retirement contributions are calculated, when you are eligible for a lifetime retirement benefit, and your retirement benefit formula. Invest a few minutes in learning about your retirement future. 

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    SDCERS' Board Votes to Set Minimum Pension Payments
    January 17, 2019

    At the January meeting, SDCERS' Board of Administration took another important step toward pension stability by voting to set minimum annual pension payments of the Unfunded Actuarial Liability (UAL) for the City of San Diego and the Port of San Diego.

    This minimum payment is also referred to as a "floor," meaning even if the required annual payment is less than the "floor," that minimum amount must be paid each year. The UAL floor payment for the City was set at $275.5 million and $13.3 million for the Port. This is based on the June 30, 2018 actuarial valuations which set the payment amount for the fiscal 2020 payment to the retirement system.

    The new policy increases benefit security and helps the pension fund reach full funding by 2037, several years earlier than anticipated.

    The Board also voted to prospectively limit the long-term impacts of changes to the assumed rate of return (discount rate), retirement rates, and life expectancy assumptions, to a 20-year period from the previous 30-year period.

    A video of the Board discussion and vote is available here.

     

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    SDCERS Reports 8.9% Final Investment Return for Fiscal Year 2018
    November 27, 2018

    SDCERS’ Total Fund reported performance of +8.9% net of fees compared to the benchmark of 7.6% and assets topped $8 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018. U.S. equities were a strong source of value-add during the year, up 16.3% compared to the benchmark of 14.8%.

Latest News

"I want to retire/enter DROP now please!"
March 26, 2020

If this is you, we are glad that you’re ready to retire or enter DROP. However, there are a few things we want you to know right now:
 
You are one of literally hundreds of members who are currently requesting information or a counseling appointment.

  • Before the coronavirus outbreak, our retirement counselors were booked two months in advance.

  • We have no choice but to prioritize and reschedule most appointments.

  • We are running our core operations with very limited staff.

 

  • If you want to retire now, you must submit your application online via the secure Member Portal.

  • If you need assistance with your Member Portal account, send a message through our Contact Us page.

  • This electronic application is not final – you will be able to make changes during your phone appointment.

 

  • If you want to enter DROP immediately and already had an appointment scheduled, you will be contacted.

  • If you are just thinking about entering DROP or retiring soon and have questions, please utilize the resources on our website.

  • We have several fact sheets as well as FAQs that will answer all of your general questions.

  • Register to attend one of our upcoming webinars. We hold at least three webinars or seminars per month and will be announcing additional webinars next week. 

 
For specific questions about your retirement account, please send us a message through our Contact Us page SDCERS cannot provide personalized benefit estimates on request – please use the Benefit Estimate Calculator tool in your Member Portal account for this.
 

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Thursday
March
05
DROP Entry Seminar
10:00
Civic Center Plaza, 10th Floor, Conference Room, 1200 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Wednesday
March
11
Audit Committee Meeting
09:00
401 West A Street, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101
Wednesday
March
11
DROP Exit Seminar for City Police
14:00
SDPOA Headquarters, 8388 Vickers St, San Diego, CA 92111
Thursday
March
12
Disability Committee Meeting
09:00
401 West A Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Thursday
March
12
Business & Governance Committee Meeting
09:15
401 West A Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Thursday
March
12
Investment Committee Meeting
12:30
401 West A Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Friday
March
13
Full Board Meeting
08:30
401 West A Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Tuesday
March
17
Pre-Retirement Seminar
14:00
City of San Diego Public Utilities Department, Metropolitan Operations Complex (MOC II) Auditorium, 9192 Topaz Way, San Diego, CA 92123
Monday
March
23
DROP Entry Seminar
10:00
Water - ETDC, Conference Room B, 5510 Kiowa Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942